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Accounts of the civil war in Nigeria or the biafran war

A video showing Biafrans preparing for the civil war in 1967

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Telling the story of Nigerian civil war or Biafran war through photos

War is sweet to those who haven’t experienced it. Say no to war in Nigeria!

21st May 1968: John Downing-Tractor, a company rep, and William Blakeley, a marine manager, under guard by Nigerian Federal troops who took them hostage when they captured Port Harcourt during the Biafran War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express
21st May 1968: John Downing-Tractor, a company rep, and William Blakeley, a marine manager, under guard by Nigerian Federal troops who took them hostage when they captured Port Harcourt during the Biafran War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express/Getty Images

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Letter from Lt. Col. Ojukwu to Lt. Col. Victor Banjo commanding him to liberate Western Nigeria

Ojukwu declaring Biafra
Ojukwu

This is the letter the Commander in Chief of the Biafran Armed Forces, Lt. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu wrote to Lt. Col. Victor Banjo commanding him to invade and liberate Western Nigeria (Yorubaland) from the “Hausa/Fulani dominated Nigeria”.

 

From: The Military Governor,
Republic of Biafra Enugu,
22nd August, 1967.
My dear Victor, Continue reading Letter from Lt. Col. Ojukwu to Lt. Col. Victor Banjo commanding him to liberate Western Nigeria

An Interview Given By Major Kaduna Nzeogwu in April 1967

Kaduna Nzeogwu
Kaduna Nzeogwu

Below is Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu’s last and famous interview with Mr. Dennis Ejindu of ‘Africa and the World‘ few months before the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war.

 

Ejindu: I am glad to meet you, Sir. How would you feel if you knew that you are being regarded as a hero?

 

Nzeogwu: Very pleased naturally. But the truth is that I am not a hero. If there was any famous Major Nzeogwu, I have never heard of him.

 

Ejindu: It is rumored that you have just finished writing a book, what is it like?

 

Nzeogwu: Good gracious! Ninety-nine per cent of all the stories you hear in this country are false. I have not written any book because there was nothing to write about. You can only write about a finished job. It would have been a useful means of warding off boredom though, but one did not do it for the fear that the authorities might seize the papers. However I had enough time to make detailed notes on what happened, and one might use them if in future there was any need to write something.

 

Ejindu: Before you went into prison, the cloud was so clear above this country that one could see very far into the future. Now that you are out, what do you see? Continue reading An Interview Given By Major Kaduna Nzeogwu in April 1967

Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Ojukwu’s Speech Declaring an Independent Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967

Ojukwu declaring Biafra
Ojukwu declaring Biafra

After many claims and accusations that the Igbo ethnic group dwelling in the Eastern part of Nigeria were being  marginalized and treated unfairly, Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who was the governor of the former Eastern Region seceded the region away and declared a sovereign Republic of Biafra. This action later led to the Nigerian civil war or Biafran war.
Here goes the speech: Continue reading Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Ojukwu’s Speech Declaring an Independent Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967

Asaba Massacre of 1967

Asaba Massacre of 1967
Mural depicting the Asaba massacre. October 7, 1967 | Cheta Nwanze

On the 27th of May, 1967, General Yakubu Gowon promulgated decree no. 14 which created 12 states (six in the north and six in the south) out of the former four regions of Nigeria. Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, governor of the former Eastern Region, saw the creation of states without consultation as a breech of the Aburi Accord of 1967. This immediately added salt to the political and ethnocentric wound the country had been nursing since independence as Col. Ojukwu took to the seven point resolution of the ‘Eastern Assembly and the Advising Committee of Chiefs and Elders‘ which mandated him to declare the secession of the Eastern Region. On the 30th of May, 1967, Col. Ojukwu eventually declared the existence of an independent Republic of Biafra which subsequently set the stage for a war, the Nigerian civil war! Continue reading Asaba Massacre of 1967

Real Accounts of The Nigerian Civil War (1967- 1970)

Biafra war

The Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran war which started on the 6th of July 1967 and ended on 15th of January 1970, was a war fought by Nigeria against Biafra to counter the secession of Biafra from the Republic of Nigeria. The Igbos felt they could no longer relate smoothly with the northern Continue reading Real Accounts of The Nigerian Civil War (1967- 1970)

Aburi Accord- The Meeting of Two Elephants

Aburi accord

The Aburi Accord (agreement) was reached in 1967 in Aburi, Ghana, by the Supreme Military Council (Federal Government delegates) and the Eastern Region delegates led by Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, leader of the Eastern Region. The meeting took place between Continue reading Aburi Accord- The Meeting of Two Elephants

The Republic of Biafra’s National Anthem

Biafran Flag

Title: Land Of The Rising Sun.
Origin of the tune: adopted from Sibelius’ “Finlandia”.
Written by: Nnamdi Azikiwe.

LAND THE RISING SUN

Land of the rising sun, we love and cherish,
Beloved homeland of our brave heroes;
We must defend our lives or we shall perish,
We shall protect our hearts from all our foes;
But if the price is death for all we hold dear, Continue reading The Republic of Biafra’s National Anthem